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Dean, Jonathan
89, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Great Falls, Virginia, passed away on January 15, 2014. Former Ambassador Jonathan Dean joined the U. S. Foreign Service in 1949 after combat infantry service in Europe in World War II. In the Foreign Service, he worked mainly on issues of East-West relations, disarmament, and international peacekeeping. In the middle fifties, he helped establish the new Federal German armed forces and helped with German entry into NATO. In the early 1960's, he was Principal Officer in Elisabethville, Katanga during the Tshombe secession and the UN peacekeeping intervention in the Congo, and then Deputy Director of the Office of United Nations Political affairs, Department of State, where he worked on peacekeeping, economic sanctions, and Security Council affairs. He was deputy US negotiator for the 1971 quadripartite agreement on Berlin, which ended three decades of dangerous East-West wrangling over the city. From 1973 to 1981, he was deputy US Representative and then US Representative to the NATO-Warsaw Pact force reduction negotiations in Vienna (MBFR Talks). In 1982, Ambassador Dean joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as resident associate for arms control and European security issues. From 1984 until his retirement in 2006, he was an advisor on arms control and international security issues to the Union of Concerned Scientists, one of the largest public interest organizations working on questions of environmental and international security. He was the author of several books on European security, including Ending Europe's Wars (Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1994), and co-author of the Nuclear Turning Point (Brookings Press, 1999). Ambassador Dean is a former president of the United Nations Association of the Washington, DC metropolitan region, a graduate of the National War College, and had a PhD in political science from George Washington University. He worked on a wide range of issues, including nuclear weapons, missile defense, space weapons, terrorism, and how to reduce the frequency of internal and interstate armed conflict until he moved to Arizona in 2011. The main focus of his work since leaving the Foreign Service was on prevention of armed conflict. Working with Randall Forsberg and Saul Mendlovitz, of Rutgers University Law School, he launched a program of conflict reduction called Global Action to Prevent War (globalactionpw.org) based on the idea that it was possible by combining conflict prevention, peacekeeping and disarmament into an integrated package step by step to lower the level or organized armed violence in the world. He believed that the desire of the people for peace would motivate professional peacekeepers to articulate new conflict control measures in a process of control over armed violence. He worked continually to that end. He loved his large family, especially his wife and his brother David, and also Vienna operetta, accordion playing, and rose growing. Services will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Living Faith Anglican Church of Mesa, Legacy Retirement House, 5625 E. McKellips, Mesa, Arizona.




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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 18, 2014.
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January 23, 2014
Mr. Dean epitomized what it means to be "a gentleman and a scholar." He was also a wonderful husband, father, and role model. Mrs. Dean, who predeceased him by two years, was every inch a lady but was a very strong and capable woman as well. They were both marvelous people, and I wish I had known they were here in the Valley. Although they will truly be missed, the family can take comfort in knowing that Jock and Thea are together again.
Anne Bazuin DePalma
January 22, 2014
Amb. Dean was my first boss, my mentor, a great source of knowledge, an inspiration, a role model for peace, integrity, fairness, and tremendous kindness. I have carried the precious lessons he taught me across the world and through life's adventures and will continue to do so. Rest in peace...
Isabelle Ioannides
January 21, 2014
oh we shall miss you uncle jock…..love, cathy
January 21, 2014
I spent many happy hours at the Dean's house during my teenage years and treasure those memories as some of my happiest. Jock and Thea both were loving and welcoming, always ready for a good laugh and forgiving of my antics. May you rest in peace now, Jock, with your beloved Thea. Thank you for your example and leadership and for showing so well that seriousness can go hand in hand with fun. You were indeed a peacemaker and I treasure the book you gave me.
Love to you also, Gordon, Felicity, Theo, Patience and Nick, and to all the family.
Jane Bazuin Ruppe
January 18, 2014
Rest in Peace Jon, you were a great man and inspiration to others.
lisa roether
January 18, 2014
met Jonathan Dean in 1955 in Germany when my fiancee, David Dean, took me to
meet his brother and his wife Thea. From that moment through the next sixty plus years,
we all were very close. We lived for many years on the same property with houses
next door to each other, sharing 5 beautiful acres in Great Falls, VA and with the 7 Dean
cousins forgining strong bonds.

Jock was an amazing man who left a legacy of peace, through his career. His was a life
well lived and he will long be admired, and remembered by all who knew
respected and loved him.
My love to Gordon, Dana, Christina and Rebecca; to Felicity; to Theo, Steve and
Rihana; to Patience, Bruce, Ethan and Catherine; and to Nick, Jackie, Alan,
Jackie and Claudia from Aunt Mary
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